What is Polaris method to get position line or ship position ?

As the Pole Star is always around the North Pole at radius of 1°, so it is always on or near the meridian passage. The latitude of the observer can be determined. The position line runs in an east-west, or nearly east-west direction.

  • The obs latitude obtained by an observation of polaris is not necessarily the latitude of the vessel as the PL is nearly E-W not necessarily exactly E-W.
  • Polaris cannot be seen from the southern hemispere or from very low latitudes in the northern hemisphere.

Points to pounder for POLARIS method:

 In the Northern hemisphere the pole star (Polaris) is almost at the centre of the wheeling circle of stars so to within a degree or so you get due North, once you can spot Polaris.


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